for Whatcom County Assessor
Experienced Elected Official
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EXPERIENCED ELECTED OFFICIAL
I will come to the Assessor position with 4 years on the Ferndale City Council, and 6 years of public Boards and Commission service prior.
I am a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser and have been appraising in Whatcom County for over 16 years.
A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
All organizations benefit from fresh eyes on their organizational processes. The current Assessor has served for 30 years. It's time for a new voice and fresh set of eyes on our County tax rolls.
What does the Assessor do?
While the Assessor does not set your property tax rates, they do value all properties for taxing purposes.
The Assessor maintains public information about real property, provides public outreach on issues impacting property values, and manages an office of appraisers.
Customer service is an integral part of the Assessor’s office, both for the citizens who come in the office and for those looking for online access to information. As a daily user of the Assessor’s online system, I know the available information has been limited for many years. I have used Assessor online systems in 7 other counties through the years appraising property, and Whatcom County has the least amount of information available online of all of them. The County has announced new GIS mapping, which will hopefully come online this year, which is a long overdue improvement to our system. I will continue to pursue technological advancements in the office, as well as fine new ways to provide information to ensure citizens have easy access to their property information.
I have experience with municipal budgets and will work with the County Council to ensure the Assessor’s office has adequate funding, while being fiscally responsible with the public’s money.
An important component of affordable housing has been intentionally valued incorrectly here in Whatcom County. Community Land Trust properties have restrictions on resale value and are encumbered by land leases, and yet the homes are being assessed the same as their neighbors. I am committed to reevaluating those properties.
The Department of Revenue’s 2017 Review of Property Tax Administration in Whatcom County report stated 5 required reports were filed late that year. It also stated several reports had been filed late for the past 10 years. In addition, the report stated there had been 7 vacancies in the office that year and the office had no appraisal procedure manual to ensure that property tax is being administered uniformly. The office cannot continue to be run the way it has been run for the past 30 years. I am dedicated to maintaining a high level of professionalism, on-time reports, honest and fair valuations, and a positive working environment for the office employees.
As an Assessor with an appraiser Certification through the WA State Dept of Licencing, I will bring new opportunities for current staff as well as having better hiring opportunities in the future. I can take trainees looking to gain experience towards a state licence or certification. Currently, real estate appraising is a tough career to start in as it requires a 2 year apprenticeship, and willing and qualified supervisors are hard to come by. Hours worked in as assessment office can only be used towards a professional licence if the Assessor/ supervisor is Certified with the DOL. In 2017 there were 7 vacancies in the Whatcom Co Assessor's office. I can attract motivated talent to the office, as I will have more to offer. I will be one of 4 Assessor's in the state that can offer this, and the only one within 200 miles.
I am a lifelong learner. My passion for land use and community service, my background and experience, and my love for Whatcom County make me the ideal candidate for Whatcom County Assessor. I would be honored to have your vote.